Fighting for the Frontier

Raising awareness of frontier issues and amplifying the collective voice of the frontier to ensure sufficient representation at all levels.


Frontier communities often lack adequate representation at local, state and national levels due to geographic distance and proximity to policymakers, agencies, and the general public. While this has been an ongoing issue, it is not inevitable and can be rectified.

As a non-partisan organization, NCFC is uniquely positioned to communicate and connect with a broad range of federal, state and local organizations. We work with individuals, organizations, and networks around the country to raise awareness of frontier issues and amplify the collective voice of the frontier to ensure sufficient representation at all levels. We build advocacy into all of our programs and engage in specific advocacy campaigns when the need arises, such as investments in frontier broadband infrastructure or ensuring adequate access to basic services like healthcare, emergency services, and food. Additionally, we bring training and resources to frontier communities, allowing them to successfully engage in advocacy and promote issues important to frontier communities.

Are you aware of a frontier issue that could benefit from wider recognition and awareness? Could your community benefit from our organizing strategies? Let us know.

Advocacy Issues

To learn more about the issues listed below and NCFC’s position, please contact us.



  • New Mexico
    • The Village Investment and Development Act (VIDA) study resulted from Senate Joint Memorial 2 which unanimously passed all committees and both houses in the 2018 New Mexico Legislature. The purpose of the VIDA study is to identify ways to invest state and federal resources into rural and frontier communities to improve community health and well being and to promote equitable investment in frontier communities…Learn More
    • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals.
    • Each year NCFC staff works with the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council to identify legislative priorities. For the 2019 Legislative priorities click here.
  • Other States


  • Municipal water rate reduction for home gardeners
  • City/County Local Food Procurement

Advocacy Resources: Frontier Studio

Frontier Studio – The NCFC Frontier Studio is an annual studio run by our board members Professors Frank and Deborah Popper with graduate planning students of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. The students research topics relevant to the frontier and NCFC’s advocacy work. To see past reports, click button below.

Advocacy Resources: Southwest New Mexico Food Policy Council

Possibly the only regionally focused policy council of its kind in the country, SWNMFPC has been strategically addressing systemic and policy issues to build a re-vitalized food economy and ensure food security for citizens across the region. The public policy issues addressed have implications for frontier communities across the nation.

See advocacy Resources

Farm to School Grant to benefit frontier farmers & students

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NCFC Job: Executive Director

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VIDA promises to breathe renewed life into New Mexico’s frontier communities

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